Coaching is a relatively new profession, but a very old practice.

Socrates, a key founder of western philosophy who lived in the 5th century B.C, considered himself not a teacher, but one who serves others by helping them to develop their thinking skills. The master of the question, Socrates helped to develop the thinking skills of many ancient Greek scholars including his star pupil, Plato, one of the most prolific writers of early western philosophical thought.

Research demonstrates that nearly all highly successful people throughout history have had a coach or mentor.

The famous Rennaissance man, Michaelangelo, lived with a family of stone cutters after his mother died. Later, at the age of thirteen, he was apprenticed to an artist.   Two other famous artists, Mozart, and Bach were raised by fathers who, themselves, were musicians and composers. Successful people in history had coaches, trainers and mentors.

21st Century Coaching

In the 21st century, we find that when we look at the history and backgrounds of successful people, we can almost always identify someone who was instrumental in supporting the development of the successful person. From Olympic and professional athletes to successful entrepreneurs like Donald Trump and Steve Jobs, one important key to success can be found in the person who coached them to be their best.

Evidence for Coaching

Because coaching is a relatively new profession, data to support it’s efficacy is still emerging. We do know that coaching is regularly used in the corporate world. In one study, one-hundred executives, whose companies had provided them with coaching, were surveyed to investigate satisfaction and return on investment. Seventy-five percent of respondents reported that the value of the coaching they received was “considerably greater” or “far greater” than their investment of time and money (McGovern, et al., 2001). Furthermore, in calculating the monetary return on investment, estimates hovered at $100,000, or more than five times the initial investment. The study is available for review at the International Coach Federation (ICF) website. For additional research on coaching, you can access the ICF Research Portal.

Will I Benefit?

You may be asking yourself whether you will benefit from coaching. If you’ve been struggling to accomplish something, or just want to gain clarity, a coach can support you in getting on the right path. Whether you achieve your goals depends on your willingness to immerse yourself in the learning, your openness to new ways of thinking and acting, and your ability persist even with taking action is difficult. I believe that anything you want for yourself and your life is possible. As a coach, I will help you see the possibilities, and overcome the obstacles.

Finding the Right Coach

Finding the right coach is important, as a successful coaching engagement depends on the synergy between coach and client. Find a coach with strong skills and training from an organization accredited by the International Coach Federation. Look for someone who will provide you with the acceptance, connection and support you need to achieve your goals.

Most coaches provide a free consultation.  Talk to three or four coaches to find the one who can support you the best!

I would love to talk with you about how I can support you in achieving your goals, or how I can help you find someone who is just right for your needs. Feel free to contact me informally or for a free consultation to see how I can assist you in your journey.